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July 3, 2020
Simply Living Community Update Newsletter: Celebrate Local!


To create a compassionate and sustainable world through personal, community and cultural transformation


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Community Education for Sustainable Living
Simply Living Sustainable U classes & workshops, Earth Institute courses on environmental topics, monthly documentary films, meetups held at local businesses and organizations - join us to socialize, learn, build community and co-create a joyful, compassionate, and sustainable future!

News and Highlights from the July 3rd Community Update

The Local Skinny> The Story of Plastic is very close to reaching the limit of our license for 100 viewings. Some people view it more than once and each viewing counts. If you sign up this weekend, and are not able to view the film, consider watching the PBS Frontline documentary, Plastic Wars, which covers similar issues with the plastic industry. Our panel discussion/Q&A on Sunday at 2 pm will be streamed live on Simply Living's  Facebook and (we hope) our new YouTube channel. Once you register on Eventbrite, you will receive an email with details on how to participate. 
What can we do about the plastic problem? Our panel will include Elissa Yoder, Conservation Program Manager for the Ohio Sierra Club's Clean Water & Past Plastic Campaign, Elizabeth Ellman, Chair, Bexley Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee that helped pass a city ordinance banning single-use plastics, and Environmental scientist Dr. Randi Pokladnik, author and activist with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. Join us to learn what is being done now and how you can help! Details inside or go straight to  NOTE: Each panel members will make a brief presentation prior to the Q&A. The entire event will be recorded for later viewing in case you were not able to attend.

Hang Out next Wednesday evening on Zoom with Simply Living members and like minded friends who share your values and do their part to turn the craziness of the present into a seriously livable future!   Chuck Lynd will show a short video about the Public Banking movement.  Bring your own refreshments. The socializing and networking start at 7 pm.

> Lots of News in the Local Foods section this week, and of course MANY community events for you to plan your own virtual week ahead. 
> 2nd Saturday Free Press Salon is Saturday 7:30 - 9:30 pm.!
> Less heat coming soon! :)

in the waves of change we find our true direction


Simply Living Sustainable U organizes workshops/classes in Central Ohio that
train and educate people about sustainability topics and practices including:

Food • Urban Homesteading • Health and Wellness • Energy Solutions
Green Building  • Finance • Transportation • Economics
Change Is Coming By Design Or By Disaster.
A Green New Deal That Transitions Off Fossil Fuels
Provides The Design. ~ Jane Fonda
Fireside fire drillFRIDAY JULY 10
2 PM


Tune in to our July 10th Fireside Fire Drill with Jane Fonda and Judith Browne Dianis - civil rights attorney and Executive Director of the Advancement Project National Office - for a conversation about moving between protest and power, securing wins for racial justice, and protecting voting rights for a just democracy.

RSVP here:
The Story of PlasticSUNDAY JULY 12
2 PM



What can we do about the plastic problem? Our panel will include Elissa Yoder, Conservation Program Manager for the Ohio Sierra Club's Clean Water & Past Plastic Campaign, Elizabeth Elman, Chair, Bexley Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee that helped pass a city ordinance banning single-use plastics, and Environmental scientist Dr. Randi Pokladnik, author and activist with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. Join us to learn what is being done now and how you can help!

Watch Now!
: After you register on Eventbrite, you will receive a link to watch the film BEFORE the panel discussion on Sunday, July 12 at 2 pm. There is no charge to watch the film or participate in the panel discussion. Expert panel members will be announced soon.

THE STORY OF PLASTIC takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash, rivers and seas clogged with waste, and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing. THE STORY OF PLASTIC features interviews with experts and activists on the front lines of the fight, revealing the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothering ecosystems and poisoning communities around the world, and the global movement that is rising up in response. With engaging original animation, archival industry footage beginning in the 1930s, and first-person accounts of the unfolding emergency, the film distilof ronmentls a complex problem that is increasingly affecting the planet’s and its residents’ well-being.

THE STORY OF PLASTIC is presented by The Story of Stuff Project, a nonprofit dedicated to changing the way that we make, use, and throw away Stuff so that it is more sustainable, healthy, and fair.

7 PM
FREE. Register on Eventbrite
Zoom Meetup on 3rd Wednesdays to socialize and network!

About this Event

Meet others who share your values, make new friends, and do a little networking. Here’s a rough outline of how it will go –(times can and will vary)
7 – 7:10 pm – the facilitator will welcome everyone and make sure everyone is comfortable with the technology7:10 – 7:30 – Introductions, maybe an ice breaker
7:30 – 8 pm – Networking – anyone can make a brief announcement, share a resource, recommend a book or movie, etc. Chuck Lynd will show a short video about the Public Banking movement this week.
8 – 8:30 pm – Socialize, talk about any topic, concerns, questions , etc.

Registration on Eventbrite is not required but it gives the facilitator more information about who’s coming and how many. You can also register on our Facebook event page or on our Meetup site. You will receive the link to Zoom after you register.

It’s informal. Come as you are and wherever you are. Snacks and refreshments are of course on your own. 🙂

Celebrate the kick off of Plastic Free July!
Take the pledge, download the calendar, & share!

Take the Pledge HERE
Get tips for going plastic free in this special July calendar HERE
Plastic Free Ecochallenge: July 1-31, 2020
 Presented by and a coalition of North American zoos and aquariums!
     One of the primary missions of zoos and aquariums is conservation. Reducing our plastic use helps to conserve wildlife and ecosystems by preventing plastic pollution, which can be mistaken for food by many wild animals. An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When marine wildlife ingest plastic, they have a 50% mortality rate. When animals get entangled in plastic pollution, their ability to move, grow, and feed properly is restricted.
     Join us for Plastic Free Ecochallenge all of July. Dedicate 31 days to practice bettering your habits to help conserve wildlife and natural habitats. Reduce your plastic use for the health of the natural world, our bodies, our communities, and those who suffer the greatest from pollution and this climate crisis.
10 AM - 12 NOON


Free  Zoom Meeting
Contact:  Nicole Jackson

What does environmental education look like amid a global pandemic?  Well, it is the same, yet totally different.  As organizations, facilitators, and educators we all had to pivot and shift how we engage students and guests in our schools and nature centers.  This shift has been profound, yet opportunities for innovation have been ever present as we upend how we plan, deliver, and engage others in outdoor learning.  

In this webinar, educators will learn about the preservation of an environmental and experiential ethos by Nuhop (, a residential outdoor education program, who had to pivot from face-to-face engagement, to a new and truly distanced learning community. In the spirit of this ever-changing landscape, be prepared to be active participants in the webinar as you experience the tools and methods for initiating a shift in delivery, while maintaining the core principles for environmentally engaged teaching and learning.

3 pm Every Friday, July  3 - Jul 31
Columbus Garden School - Weekly Q&A

FREE * ONLINE * GARDENING CHAT every Friday at 3 pm. TOPIC FOR 6/19: Vegetable Gardening Tips & Techniques to Simplify Your Life!
Here's your chance to ask your gardening questions in an online forum. We'll be discussing some veggie gardening basics, and we'll take a look at what tasks we should be doing right now to ensure a happy, healthy garden. It's NOT too late to get started! Some possible topics to ask about: starting seeds, growing vegetables, fertilizers, pest control, pruning, weeds, starting a new garden, pollinators, and of course, the proper way to use a hand-vacuum in the garden. We'll have occasional GUEST COHOSTS including Dave Noble (beekeeping), Sharon White (chickens), and other instructors from the Columbus Garden School! Here’s the link — be patient with Zoom, sometimes it takes a minute to connect. The chat starts at >> 3 pm << but we recommend you join us a few minutes earlier. Less

Raising Meat Chickens - 8 Sessions  Starts Jul 12  $20  Details

Lady bug on leafSATURDAY, JULY 11
1 - 2:30 PM

Details & Registration Link  
Cost: $15

This ONLINE workshop provides homeowners with answers to many frequently asked questions about home solar systems, and empowers them to make educated decisions regarding ownership of energy vs. buying from a utility. We’ll cover topics including: > the science of solar     > basic design concepts     > feasibility     > site assessment
Attendees learn how to calculate an appropriate system size based upon historic data, and how to calculate a range of cost. We’ll discuss state and federal incentives, and strategies that make alternative energy not only affordable, but possibly the most economical decision you can make. Other topics include: how to vet reputable installers, options to finance, and resources for consumers. ** You’ll leave this class confident in your ability to make the right decision for your home. **
HANDOUTS will be distributed before class; attendees should have a copy of their most recent electric bill to provide data for calculations. This is a "live" class and you can ask questions via screen interaction and/or an online "chat" window. Zoom is our user-friendly platform for online classes.
INSTRUCTOR: Catherine Hope-Cunningham is an ETA-certified solar energy consultant, REALTOR®, and fierce client advocate. She is an independent solar technician, performs site assessments, and does basic system design. She is a member of the Columbus Board of REALTORS® Sustainability Task Force. Catherine's mission is to educate her clients, empowering them with the tools to make educated decision about their home and wallet, while advocating for earth care. Catherine teaches workshops for consumers and REALTORS® throughout Ohio.

Lady bug on leafTUESDAY, JULY 14
6:30 - 8 PM

Details & Registration Link  
Cost: $15

Come to this ONLINE class and learn how to grow healthy vegetables that will be good for you AND good for our environment. Effective pest control is possible using safer, less-toxic methods. We'll cover:
> PESTS associated with common vegetables, and how to bring them under control
> Effective GARDEN STRATEGIES to prevent future pest problems
> BEST PRACTICES for healthy soil and healthy plants (which lead to greater pest- and pathogen-resistance!)
You don't need a bazooka to tame your caterpillars! Learn the safe and sane way to grow happy, healthy plants you'll feel good about eating and sharing. 
This class is interactive -- and seasonal. Bring your questions -- we'll take regular breaks for Q&A during class and via the "chat" window.
** PLEASE NOTE that this is a 90-minute ONLINE class that requires internet access to view the live presentation. Upon receipt of your class fees, you'll receive additional instructions on how to connect to the class. (We use the Zoom platform.) This class is “live” and will NOT be recorded. Please make sure you have the correct date and time on your calendar when you register. **
INSTRUCTOR: Joanne Schneiderman Dole. A Master Gardener since 1993, Joanne specializes in educational presentations throughout the Columbus metro area. Over the years, she’s eliminated most of the lawn on her large suburban lot while protecting the soil, water, and native wildlife. Today, her “back 40” contains ten raised beds of organic vegetables, berry bushes, and -- of course -- compost bins and rain barrels. From her native plant bed, Joanne helped to raise and release 120 monarch butterflies last summer.

10 AM - 11:30 AM

SustainABILITY 1 & 2 - SERIES
Details & Registration Link  
Cost: $25

It’s overwhelming to realize how much our modern lifestyles can impact our health, and in turn, that of our shared planet. Making just one POSITIVE change can make a difference. It's time to make those changes that improve the health of our families and our planet. Sign up for our SustainABILITY Series and learn easy, effective, and PRACTICAL ways to live a healthier lifestyle, reduce your waste stream, and be happier doing it! Your actions can have a positive impact on your mental and physical well-being.
Class 1: Food -- learn how to reduce paper and plastic waste around the foods you buy, prepare, and eat. Tricks to reduce the waste of restaurant/takeaway food. Backyard food gardens, CSAs, and farmer's markets.
Class 2: Cleansers + Threads -- follow a step-by-step demo to make effective, low-toxic cleaning supplies with just a few inexpensive ingredients. Then, discover how to lower the carbon footprint of your clothing purchases.
Our classes are interactive! Bring your questions -- we'll take regular breaks for Q&A during class and via the online "chat" window. Class fee for the series is $25. (Each class purchased separately is $15.)
Students receive a list of local and online resources, and a list of certified "B-corp" businesses for all topics.
 ** Each 90-minute ONLINE class requires internet access to view the live presentation. Upon registration, you'll receive instructions on how to connect to your class. (We use the popular Zoom platform.) This class is “live” and will NOT be recorded. Please make sure you have the correct date and time on your calendar when you register.
** INSTRUCTOR: Amy Ceccoli is a board member at, a local organization that believes in “creating a compassionate and sustainable world through personal, community, and cultural transformation.” Amy walks her eco-talk, sometimes imperfectly but always with thoughtful enthusiasm and humor. In this class, you’ll learn about EASY and EFFECTIVE ways to make a big impact and reduce your waste stream.
She’ll share her real-life experiences about making sustainable changes in her home and work environments.

sacred ground tree imageSacred Ground is a community church grounded by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and committed to healing our Mother Earth, healing our Earthen family, and healing ourselves through Mindfulness and a melding of the beneficial elements of Buddhism, Christianity, and more.
Online Classes + Sunday Service


Meets every Monday.  Mindfulness Men is a place where men can connect and support each other through readings, deep sharing, deep listening, and guided meditation. 
GROUNDINGS is a participatory mindfulness discussion that includes sacred readings and meditation. Meets every other Wednesday.
The Service includes music, readings, guided meditations, and a dharma talk. We meet every other Sunday.  

Please visit our website for more information. See our calendar for all upcoming events.

10 AM - 12:30 PM
GURU YOGA with Jesus or the Bodhisattva of your Choice:
Responding to “Us versus Them” Thinking with an
Ancient Spiritual Practice.

For 28 years, Michael has been practicing the ancient Tibetan Buddhist art of Guru Yoga while blending Buddhism and Christianity. In this online interactive workshop, participants will learn the art of Guru Yoga, integrating it into their own spiritual practices.   

This special workshop is limited to fifteen participants.  It is FREE to sustaining members of Sacred Ground (CLICK HERE to learn about becoming a Sustaining Member) and it is just $50 for non-members.

To Pre-register, please CONTACT US.  

In how many churches,...tell me, is man made sensible that he is an infinite Soul...
that he is drinking forever the Soul of God? ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1838


1190 Virginia Ridge Road, Philo, OH  43771  Phone 740-674-4300

Visit for learning opportunities and sustainability resources


How to start your own Homestead Life

Join Annie and Jay Warmke as they share how they turned a house made of clean garbage into a living
through planning and hard work, and perhaps a little luck with timing. The basics include how to create a
plan that sustains the work, various ways to create a money stream, and more.



Going back to a sijmpler life based on living by sufficiency
rather than excess is not a step backward. ~ Yvon Chouinard
Click for the Simply Living DVD Collection. Scroll down to view titles. To borrow a DVD, email Chuck or call 614-354-6172.
Click for PDF version of SPRING 2020 edition of Simply News: Lead article: Mindfulness, Mourning, Earth Care, And The Coronavirus Pandemic
This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history.
~ Christiana Figueres

Indigenous ProtestersFRIDAY, JULY 10
5  - 5:30 PM


#CarolynHarding with #DawnKnickerbocker#JheriNeri and #GuyJones, indigenous leaders and organizers in SW Ohio.

The #FederalCourtsdecision to shut down the #DakotaAccessPipeline for a complete #environmentalimpactassessment, and what's the impact on #Ohio #Indigenous and #ally #WaterProtectors - across the nation and beyond.

Arnold SchwartzneggerArnold Schwarzenegger to Neo-Nazis: Your Heroes Are Losers
Former California governor calls out Trump, hate groups on racism, bigotry in new video
Well worth watching this short video from the best man to deliver the message:
zero waste millions imperfectly

virtual climate film festivalVirtual Climate Film Festival


Join us this July for our virtual climate film festival. Sign up for the festival and you will get access to a new film each week. You can watch all of them or as many as fit into your schedule. You'll watch the film on your own time over the designated weekend, and join us for a discussion the following week. We'll send you a reminder with a link so you can watch the film and participate in a discussion each week. This July is predicted to be the hottest month ever, so it is a great time to learn more about climate change. Each film will be available for 48 hours, all times are eastern.

  • July 5 at 12:00 p.m. ET - July 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET: An Inconvenient Sequel
    The sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, An Inconvenient Sequel follows Al Gore around the globe as he trains and mobilizes climate activists to push for climate action.
  • July 10 at 7:00 p.m. ET - July 12 at 7:00 p.m. ET: Time to Choose
    Time to Choose explores the climate crisis in depth, interviewing leading activists, scholars, and innovators working to address climate change.
  • July 17 7:00 p.m. ET - July 19 at 7:00 p.m. ET: Chasing Ice
    Chasing Ice follows nature photographer James Balong and his team as they chronicle the decline of glaciers across the globe due to climate change.
  • July 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET - July 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET: Happening and The Oldest City Underwater
    In Happening, filmmaker James Redford takes a deep dive into America's clean energy industry, exploring how it can create jobs and build stronger communities across the United States. The Oldest City Underwater chronicles the impact of sea level rise in St. Augustine, Florida and along U.S. coasts.
We will never survive the climate crisis without ending white supremacy. Here’s why: You can’t have climate change without sacrifice zones, and you can’t have sacrifice zones without disposable people, and you can't have disposable people without racism.
~ Hop Hopkins


Curious about Economic  Democracy Advocates?

Finding Meaning in a Time of Great Uncertainty


Director and photographer Louie Schwartzberg photographed a generation in turmoil and bore witness to an epochal shift in American values.

Louie told this deeply personal story for the first time at TEDxKC, sharing how he found a more meaningful life during a period of great uncertainty. 



Let's all do our part for planet earth

Join us ONLINE for the
Free Press Second Saturday Cyber-Salon
Saturday, July 11 from 7:00-9:00PM

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 222 255 972
Join through your computer or phone.
Facebook Event
Since we can't get together in person, we can gather for a couple hours on the second Saturday night of each month from 7-9pm on Zoom.
It is a chaotic and inspiring time with many positive accomplishments happening in our city and the world,
but still a lot of work to do for social justice and equality.
Speakers: Mia Santiago, one of the founders of the Columbus Freedom Coalition and OSU Professor Pranav Jani will discuss the current struggles to make change with the city and police force. Mary Jane Borden of the Ohio Rights Group will bring us up-to-date on marijuana news. Q & A included. If you have any announcements for the progressive community, contact us. 614-253-2571
Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Nightlife returns, Drive-Ins, Crew, and More
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.
A scene from 'So What if the Goats Die?' courtesy Sundance Film Festival

Welcome to the weekend! We help you find fun things to do for your weekend. Some places are opening up again, but still, practice social distancing, wear masks and be safe out there. If you are a server, CU is collecting anonymous input for a survey on gauging safety, deadline is Friday. Enjoy your weekend.

CIVICS – Take Part in Your City

-CCS has the first Virtual Family Engagement Sessions
-Watch: Drexel Virtual Screening: JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE
Bike Ride For Elijah McClain
Peaceful protest
Take A knee Nation.National Mother’s March.


-Catch DEREZ De’SHON x Ebleu x DJ IQ at The Forum
-Natalie’s Grandview has fo/mo/deep
Loud Luxury at Dahlia
Shake It Off // A Taylor Swift Video Dance Party
-Check out ANTIDOTE at Skully’s
SWANK is back at Two Truth’s!


-Columbus Science Pub Presents Stargaze
-Franklinton Fridays are happening & there’s Michael Bush Opening Night at Secret Studio
-Check out Fragments of Reality: Erin Cameron & Sky Dai
-Huntington Park has Movie Nights
-Gahanna has drive-in movies too
-Watch Laura with Greenlawn Abbey
-The Wex is streaming Sundance Film Festival’s Shorts
Fun movies are playing at South Drive-In
-Short North has Summer Spray: Live Mural Creation
-Enjoy a virtual Westerville Music and Arts Festival
-Wild Goose hosts Work by Lynda McClanahan


-Get your produce at the Bronzeville Growers’ Market
-Are you doing the GreenZilla Swim.Bike.Run.Anywhere Challenge
-The Play Polo Club professional polo match benefit for The Roosevelt Coffeehouse
A Socially Distanced The Empire Strikes Back Beer Tasting
-Shop the Great Garage Sale in Grandview
-Women can learn backpacking tips
Columbus Crew SC is back, watch with Studio 35
-Enjoy Franklinton Garden & Art Tour

Thank you so much to everyone who has ordered CU merch and supported our campaign. We are so humbled by your support! If you have enjoyed our coverage in the past and would like to directly support Columbus Undergroundplease consider a donation if you are able to do so, or check out our merch shop. New shirts have been added! Thank you for supporting our mission to keep the news free for all. With Gratitude, the team at CU.

We keep calling for accountability and reinvestment and a push for all of us to imagine a world where black people are not policed but instead supported and loved and cared for. Where our families can feel safe and inspired and protected. ~ Patrisse Cullors

GET ACTIVE!  Items below are selected from the Columbus Peace Newsletter edited by Connie Hammond (pictured at left).
Connie HammondEmail to subscribe to her Community Calendar or share meeting info. 

Friday, July 10, 2020, 1:00 PM.  And Still We Rise!  Minneapolis, Soweto, London, occupied Jerusalem & beyond: United against Racism & Colonialism!  A Rally on Friday 10th July. Building alliances within anti-racist movements.  Marc Lamont Hill, Chief Mandla Mandela, Stefanie Fox (Jewish Voice for Peace), Ben Jamal (Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK), Achille Mbembe (Ahmed Kathrada Foundation), Zita Holbourne (UK Black Activists Rising Against Cuts), Cape Town Cultural Collective, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola (NUMSA), Ntalia Molebatsi (Writer and Performance Poet), Omar Barghouti (Boycott Divestment & Sanctions Movement).  Rally artwork by Zita Holbourne @zitabaracuk.  Register here

Saturday, July 11, 2020, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  Black Artist’s Solidarity Day!  We decided to take our energy into the neighborhoods that need it most. OURS. This is a day of healing, artistic expression and companionship. A day of love. A day of SOLIDARITY with Black artists.  March on King-Lincoln (Meet Up at the corner or E. Long & St. Clair.) 2-6pm - Rally & Open Mic (218 McDowell St.)  Facebook

Saturday, July 11, 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 PM.  Home Solar Systems Basics.  This ONLINE workshop provides homeowners with answers to many frequently asked questions about home solar systems and empowers them to make educated decisions regarding ownership of energy vs. buying from a utility. Cost $15.  More information and registration here.  

Saturday, July 11, 2020, 10:00 AM.  OutVote Refresher/Training.  Led by Kristen Beireis, Ohio UU The Vote Coordinator.  Please register here:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Saturday, July 11, 2020, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  2020 Women’s Leadership Symposium.  The Ohio State University and Ohio University alumni associations are proudly co-hosting the second Women’s Leadership Symposium, an energizing and inspiring day of growth and connection. Learn from alumni experts and university thought leaders about a variety of topics covering wellness, career and leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and more. This one-of-a-kind experience will equip attendees to confront the challenges they face while empowering them to celebrate the unique strength of women. Location:  The Ohio Union, 1739 North High St., Columbus, Ohio 43210.  Alumni and friends: $30 per person includes breakfast, lunch and digital headshot image. Undergraduate students may register for the discounted rate of $15.  More information and registration here.

Sunday, July 12, 2020, 2:00 - 3:30 PM.  The Story of Plastic Film + Online Expert Panel/Q&A.  THE STORY OF PLASTIC takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash, rivers and seas clogged with waste, and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing. THE STORY OF PLASTIC features interviews with experts and activists on the front lines of the fight, revealing the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothering ecosystems and poisoning communities around the world, and the global movement that is rising up in response.   Register here

Sunday, July 12, 2020, 1:00 - 3:00 PM.  Take A Knee Nation.  National Mother’s March.  History Is Watching. Your voices are needed to bring about change!  America is in a state of National Emergency. White America must categorically admit to systemic racism in order to address Police Brutality and Legalized Lynchings with Qualified Immunity. Too many Ohioans are murdered by its police officers - stand with the families who are organizing statewide accountability. Our elected representatives have failed us so now is our chance to also register everyone eligible, educate and then VOTE in every election. This work is being modeled after other successful campaigns in other states and many of these changes are already happening across the country. People aren't colorblind, but bullets are.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus.  More information on Facebook

Monday, July 13, 2020, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings – Deconstructing the Myths and Promoting a Nuclear Weapons-Free and Just World.  Join three extraordinary speakers as we build toward 75th anniversary commemorations of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and promote a nuclear-free and just world. Sueichi KIDO, the General Secretary of Nihon Hidankyo, the Japan Confederation of A- & H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations, Gar Alperovitz, author of the definitive book, “The Decision to Use the A-bomb”, and Rev. Liz Theoharis, Co-Chair, Poor People’s Campaign, Director of the Kairos Center for Religions,   Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary.  As people across the United States and around the work prepare to mark the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – crimes against humanity that must never be repeated- leading nuclear disarmament and justice organizations have organized this webinar. Our goals are to encourage actions across the United States and beyond in solidarity with the Japan Council against A- & H-Bombs “Global Peace Wave”, counter the anticipated dishonest wave of propaganda that the A-bombings and sacrifices of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were needed to end the Pacific War and save American lives, and build a movement that understands and opposes the illegitimate uses of State power, from police brutality and institutionalized racism, to foreign military interventions and continued preparations for nuclear annihilation.  To register for the webinar, click here<>.  Sponsored by: American Friend Service Committee, Northeast Region; Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, Peace Action, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, United for Peace and Justice, and Western States Legal Foundation; with the support of Hidanyko and, Gensuikyo (Japan Council against A- & H- Bombs).

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Organic Pest Control.  Join our exciting ONLINE class to learn how to grow healthy vegetables that will be good for you -- AND good for our environment. Effective pest control is possible using safer, less-toxic methods. Cost: $15.  More information and registration here.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 8:00 PM.  Telebriefing:  Coming Soon to Your Local Landfill:  Nuclear Waste, Courtesy of the NRC. With more and more reactors closing and being decommissioned, the industry is preparing to unleash a deluge of radioactive waste across the country—and nuclear corporations want to dispose of it cheaply, regardless of the impacts on our health, clean air, and safe drinking water. To help the industry cut corners, the NRC has invented a new and deceptive name for nuclear waste, calling it “Very Low Level,” or VLLW. The fact is that VLLW is not only Very Long-Lasting Waste, but also extremely dangerous to human health and the environment.  Since the NRC’s proposal would almost certainly result in nuclear waste leaks into our water, air, crops, and communities, we thought you’d like to hear more about it and what you can do to stop it. Join us on Wednesday, July 15 at 8PM ET/5PM PT for this important telebriefing.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 11:00 AM.  UU The Vote Ohio-Wide Textbank Party.  Please register here:

Monday, July 15, 2020, 12:00 PM.  Nation Conversation with Naomi Klein:  Big Tech’s Pandemic Shock Doctrine.  Join award-winning author and activist Naomi Klein as she leads a discussion on protesting amid a pandemic and how to oppose the billionaires looking to build a high-tech dystopia in a socially distanced corona future. A dynamic and highly-sought after public speaker, Klein is the inaugural Gloria Steinem endowed chair of media, culture and feminist studies at Rutgers University and a a senior correspondent at The Intercept. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, most recently of On Fire: The Burning Case for A Green New Deal. A longtime activist, Klein is also one of the authors of Canada's Leap Manifesto, a blueprint for a rapid and justice-based transition off fossil fuels.  $10.00.  More information and registration here.  

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 7:000 PM.  Simply Living Meetup Online.  Socialize and network every third Wednesday.  More information and registration here.  

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  Feeding the Multitude Policy Webinar. Topic: Criminal Justice.  The Ohio Council of Churches has launched a lunch-and-learn webinar series called, “Feeding the Multitude.” This interactive webinar series will be held via Zoom the 3rd Thursday of each month. The series aims to:  Deepen your knowledge on social justice issues; Help you to stay current with state and national discussions on policy that impacts us all; Hear from subject-matter experts who will share innovative ideas and solutions; Learn more about how to engage in advocacy work;  Receive concrete skills and strategies to mobilize your congregation.  Contact Brandi Slaughter at or 614.372.8010 for more information. RSVP at:  Zoom meeting link:

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 11:30 - 1:00 PM.  IPS Webinar Series:  Borders in Moments of Crisis.  The multi-layered crisis we are living in today – ranging from COVID-19 to The Climate Crisis – is fueling xenophobic anti-immigrant policies aimed at restricting our collective freedom to move, live and thrive. Join the institute for policy studies for a conversation on how COVID-19 is impacting immigrant communities and how the Climate Crisis is being used as a pretext by the US to militarize borders, and restrict the wellbeing of undocumented people.  Presenters: Josue De Luna Navarro, New Mexico Fellow at IPS, Khury Petersen-Smith, Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at IPS.  Pandemic: Registration is required.

Myself and the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been
called terrorists, but in truth, we are loving women whose life experiences have
led us to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful. ~ Patrisse Cullors
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Columbus Area Community Event Lists

Columbus Free Press Activists Calendar Editor Bob Roehm posts online and in the monthly print edition.
Columbus Peace Network Calendar Editor Connie Hammond keeps up with political events, meetings
Columbus Underground Calendar Editor Anne Evans - we post much of her awesome Mega Weekend!
Simply Living Calendar of Weekly/Monthly Community Events Editor Chuck Lynd - text only listings.
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Java Central Coffeehouse
 20 S State St, Westerville 43081
Live Music at JC on Saturday, July 11
Outside, on the brick walk.
Please maintain social distancing by only sitting at the patio tables.

String Theory at Java Central

(As with any outdoor event, this is pending weather. Our inside space is a war zone,
so there is no Plan B. Hope to see you outside on the 11th.)
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All-Star Virtual Picnic & Fundraiser
by Ohio Poetry Association
Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 2pm to 5pm
Online Event

Celebrate OPA’s All-Star Poets & Student Contest Winners while having fun and raising funds to support Ohio poets. Come one, come all, to OPA’s All-Star Virtual Picnic & Fundraiser!  

This year’s annual Picnic serves up a Watch Party, Poetry Trivia, Polls, a Potluck Poem, Auction, Door Prize, and readings by our All-Star Poets and Winners of our Student Poetry Contest. See the schedule of events below.
Our Silent Auction will be on eBay. Pictures and descriptions of all auction items will appear on the OPA Facebook page starting July 1 and will be linked on our event page on July 11.*
A Poets’ Merchandise Page will be available on the OPA Facebook page starting July 6 to view and purchase our poets’ publications.
For nonmembers, there’s a ticket option to join at a special price when you purchase your ticket.
After registration you& (View Full Event Description Here:

Dave Hawkins

ONE TAKE TUESDAYS (7PM every Tuesday) until Nov 3, 2020!

Dave Hawkins is a cross-over artist with a broad base of Folk and Celtic fans in the Midwest, New England and Western United States, as well as Europe. Dave is an accomplished musician who has led bands for over thirty years, released fourteen recordings and appeared as a special guest on seven more!

Tune in every Tuesday at 7pm at:


Katie Dahl


“Katie Dahl’s songs aren’t just melodies and words, they’re journeys that are firmly grounded in a sense of place—beautiful, real landscapes that help you feel places that you may have never been before. That’s the very best kind of songwriting.” – Dar Williams


Katie is broacasting live from her home every Sunday at 2pm

bob marley when music hits you there is no pain
Joanie Calem

Joanie Calem


My goal is to invite my audiences and students to share a sense of creating community through singing and playing together. Tune in HERE

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They showcase diverse perspectives and depth of talent in our Columbus arts community, including VIRTUAL events and activities.

Shadowbox Live is CLOSED due to COVID-19.  See event changes and rescheduled CAPA events HERE


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Building Local Food Resilience

Earth911 spoke to local farmers and community supported agriculture (CSA) operators for their take on how we can build enduring local food resilience during and post-pandemic. They identified four important steps to take when building local networks that ensure food resilience.

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backyard chickens


The Economics of

Backyard Chickens

Does keeping chickens make better economic sense than buying eggs at the store? As we adjust our lifestyles to the realities of COVID-19 and growing geopolitical conflict, take a moment to consider the humble chicken coop.

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Boycott Big Meat build an organic and regenerative food system TUESDAY, JULY 14
8 PM


Want to be part of the movement to build a just, organic and regenerative food and farming system? For the sake of the environment, food and farmworkers, animals and the climate?

Join us o for the virtual launch of #BoycottBigMeat, a consumer advocacy and lobbying campaign. Register here for the zoom call.

Check out the Facebook event page here, and please share with your networks.

So far, about 50 organizations, including food, farming, climate and environmental and social justice groups, have endorsed the campaign to put meat production back in the hands of independent local farmers, processors, food workers, and retailers who are invested in the communities they serve. If your organization hasn’t yet endorsed, you can sign on here.

Check out the 13 Reasons to BoycottBigMeat.

Either way, we hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, July 14, 7 p.m. CDT to learn more about how together, we can build a food system that regenerates the health of our ecosystem, revitalizes our communities and economies and respects everyone throughout the entire food chain.

Register here for the zoom call.    Share the Facebook event page with your networks.  Hope to see you at the launch!
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Address: 508 N. Cassady Ave. Bexley, OH
Phone: 614-252-3951
Hours: Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 11-6

Bexley Farmers Market
9 AM - 12 NOON
800 E. 17TH AVE, CBUS 43211
Get the latest Update from the Market's Newsletter HERE 
Continue to support your local farmers.
It's been a year to say the least. And now that the heart of summer is upon is, farmers face cruel temperatures outdoors and grapple with the possibilities of drought, pests and crop failures. Market sales provide an important source of income for many of our small food producers, even more so this year with many restaurant, schools and other wholesale opportunities being limited.

To learn more about specific recommendations that will help Ohio farmers now and into the future, read this report: Opportunity in a Time of Crisis: Recommendations for Building a More Resilient Ohio Food System.

ORDER ONLINE at Virtual store hours are: Tuesday 10am - 9pm; Wednesday 10am - 9pm; Thursday: 10am - 5pm. 
blueberriesSATURDAY JULY 11
8 AM - 12 NOON

450/500 W. Wilson Bridge Road

We've got the blues...The BLUEBERRIES, that is!
     Visit us THIS Saturday in our new, temporary location for the walk-in Worthington Farmers Market - 450/500 W. Wilson Bridge Road #inWorthington! 
     We're now in the parking lot in front of the 450 building! 
     Though we miss being in historic Old Worthington, this location allows us to re-open under the current pandemic safety protocol which includes the following for customers visiting the Market:
More info:

Market Hours:
8am-9am: Reserved for high-risk and vulnerable shoppers (senior citizens, immune-compromised, etc.) Masks are REQUIRED when shopping during this first hour. Detailed info available HERE

We need to make sure that we, to the best of our abilities,
are bringing our lives into alignment with our values.
~ Ocean Robbins, Co-Founder, CEO of Food Revolution Network
Monthly Plant swapSATURDAY JULY 18
1 - 2 PM


4760 N HIGH ST CBUS 43214

             We are still open!!

The Monthly Plant Swap is a great way to get your plant fix on the cheap! Every month, join us to swap your outdoor plants, indoor plants, perennials, annuals, starts, seedlings, cuttings, seeds, pots, tools, anything plant related! Pest free is always best. We are here to answer any planty questions you may have. Don’t have anything to swap? That’s ok, come anyway! There are plants for sale in the. Shop and there are usually extras to share.  Be sure to check out our selection of plants, soils, tools and amendments in the shop and go home with everything you need for your new plants!

Register HERE


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Red, White, and Blueberry Tart

by onebitewellnes   

red white blueberry tart

This healthy dessert is easy to make and fun to decorate. Made from fruit and nuts, the tart is raw, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Did we mention delicious? Because it’s definitely that too! Enjoy it this holiday weekend.



1 cup chopped nut blend (we used 1/2 cup walnuts and 1/2 cup pecans)
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup flaked or shredded coconut
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of nutmeg, optional


1-2 mashed bananas
Blueberries, strawberries, and kiwis to decorate (about 1 cup of each)


Soak dates in warm water for about 10 minutes to soften them. Chop nuts with a knife or use a food processor. Drain dates and mix with nut blend, coconut, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Once well mixed, roll into balls and press into pie plate. Mash bananas and add a layer or ‘frosting’ to the crust. Top with berries and kiwi or your desired fruits. For extra pizazz, drizzle honey or melted chocolate over the tart.

Local Matters has re-opened its 'Veggie Van' and is focused on getting healthful, affordable food to households that need it most. The Veggie Van is committed to getting you set-up with the foods you need to feed a family of four on a budget of $10 or less!  The Veggie Van, the Local Matters' Mobile Market & Grocer, is now OPEN and online. Designed for social distancing, convenience and affordability for all, the Veggie Van has been redesigned as a Drive Through and a Park & Pay Market! 
     Using EBT or SNAP? You can still shop online! We process your payment on-site and give you a dollar for dollar match on all purchases, and matches are unlimited for the month of June! All matches can be used on future fruit and vegetable purchases! For more information visit Produce Perks.
How it Works:
1.  Shop online:
2.  Select a convenient pick-up location
3.  Pick- up groceries from the safety and convenience of your car and be on your way in minutes!
     Can't order online? Park & Pay and let us shop for you from the convenience of your car. Don't have a car? No problem! Walk-ups are welcome, face masks encouraged. The Veggie Van will have limited produce and shelf stable items on-site until they're gone! 
Online ordering is available now with pick-up locations Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the city!
For more information, contact:
Victoria Strickland | Director of Programs
Local Matters | 633 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43206
614/263.5662 (o) 614/597.9356 (c) |
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